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Sometime in the 19th century, a Russian chemist named Dmitri Mendeleev (1834 -1907) made an extremely important contribution to science, engineering and industry when he came up with the original periodic table of elements.

Mendeleev classified the elements according to their chemical properties and arranged them in order of their atomic numbers. He had noticed "certain recurring or periodic trends" and was able to group them to some degree. What is significant with the table of known elements is its ability to predict yet undiscovered elements.

What has that got to do with jewelry making? Well, you can find all your favourite metals in that table. Copper is known by its scientific short form as Cu. If you look at the above periodic table, its atomic number is 29. Gold is Au (79), silver is Ag (47) and platinum is Pt (78). Nickel, best avoided by those allergic to this metallic element is Ni (28). Chain maille artisans sometimes use aluminium , Al (13). Steel, brass and pewter are alloys or mixtures so they are not on the periodic table.

To my delight, I came across Itsno.name which offers three unique rings for sale. They are not only made from the respective metal but also bear the correct periodic table notations. The silver ring retails for $280, the 14K yellow gold one is $2,350 and the platinum ring is $6,600. The larger number at the bottom is the individual metal's atomic weight.

If anyone is into metal stamping, copper, silver or even gold tags could be stamped with Cu, Ag and Au and perhaps the atomic numbers to make really geeky jewelry!

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